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imagesNorth Korea faces worst food crisis

A new United Nations assessment has found that millions of people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are experiencing the worst food crisis in almost a decade, owing to successive poor harvests coupled with soaring food prices.

New RP envoy to Spain takes oath

MANILA, Philippines — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administered the oath of office to Antonio Lagdameo, incoming Philippine ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Spain, in simple ceremonies at Malacanang’s Rizal Hall.

Philippines’ inflation up to 11.4 percent

MANILA, Philippines — The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said that continuous price increases of cereals and fuel caused the June 2008 headline inflation rate to increase further to 11.4 percent from 9.5 percent the previous month, as reported by the National Statistics Office (NSO). Core inflation rate also went up 6.6 percent for the month from 6.2 percent the previous month.

ADB committed to support gender equality

Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), became the latest recipient of the MDG3 Champion Torch, committing the institution to support gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Significant gains in preventing HIV

While there have been significant gains in preventing new HIV infections in a number of heavily-affected countries and reducing the number of AIDS-related deaths, the epidemic is far from over in any part of the world, says a new United Nations report. The 2008 Report on the global AIDS epidemic, produced by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), is the most comprehensive review of the epidemic to date with 147 countries reporting data on HIV.

CDC underestimated new HIV infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that an estimated 56,300 HIV infections occurred in the United States in 2006. That estimate differs from the agency2s previous estimate of 40,000 because CDC is now using a more precise method for estimating annual HIV incidence, which is the number of individuals who become newly infected with HIV in a given year. The new estimate is published today in a special HIV/AIDS issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, released at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.

Website helps kids eat healthy fish
By: Aaron S. Ramwal
Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched a new website at to help children and their parents choose the healthiest fish to eat, using interactive stories and games. The site has been selected as the August site of the month by, the official kids’ portal for the U.S. government.

Report: Illegal immigrant population dropping

WASHINGTON, DC — A new analysis of monthly Census Bureau data shows a significant decline in the number of less-educated Hispanic immigrants. The report is the first to show systematic evidence that the illegal population is decreasing. There is good evidence that recent immigration enforcement efforts are a key factor causing the decline.

Lead trainer touts Iraqi military training

WASHINGTON, DC — The Iraqi army continues to become more proficient and to grow capabilities, the commander of the Coalition Army Advisory Training Team in Iraq said.

Olympic travelers urged to ‘shop smart’

U.S. citizens traveling to China for the Olympic Games are reminded that U.S. wildlife laws and international treaties limit the types of items they can buy and bring home.


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